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American Empire (1942)

Passed | | Western | 11 December 1942 (USA)
Two men join forces to build a cattle empire, battle rustlers, bad weather and each other.

Director:

William C. McGann (as William McGann)

Writers:

J. Robert Bren (screenplay), Gladys Atwater (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Dan Taylor
Leo Carrillo ... Dominique Beauchard
Preston Foster ... Paxton Bryce
Frances Gifford ... Abigail 'Abby' Taylor
Robert Barrat ... Crowder (as Robert H. Barrat)
Jack La Rue ... Pierre- Beauchard Henchman
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Sailaway (as Guinn Williams)
Cliff Edwards ... Runty
Merrill Rodin Merrill Rodin ... Paxton Bryce Jr. (as Merrill Guy Rodin)
Chris-Pin Martin ... Augustin- Beauchard Henchman (as Chris Pin Martin)
Richard Webb ... Crane
William Farnum ... Louisiana Judge
Etta McDaniel ... Willa May
Hal Taliaferro ... Malone
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Two men join forces to build a cattle empire, battle rustlers, bad weather and each other.

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The Spectacular Romance of America's Greatest Adventure See more »

Genres:

Western

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Muralha de Fogo See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Chris-Pin Martin (Gordito) and Leo Carrillo (Pancho) each played sidekicks to the Cisco Kid. See more »

Quotes

Dan Taylor: The war's over Pax. We can't start another one, just because you're restless.
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Soundtracks

Little Pal
by Lew Pollack
Sung by Cliff Edwards (uncredited)
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Cowboys Versus Cajuns
22 March 2010 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

An encounter with Frenchman Leo Carillo gives riverboat operators Richard Dix and Preston Foster the idea to start a ranch by buying property already inhabited by wild cattle, that had multiplied on the un-worked land during the Civil War. Things go well for awhile, until Carillo shows up to take what he believes is owed him, leading to misunderstandings with the neighbors that leave Foster acting more and more tyrannical.

I'll give the filmmakers credit for managing to squeeze an epic tale into eighty-one minutes and nine seconds, on a low budget, but the ambitious, episodic script is just too loose for it's own good. The producers should have spent some extra money to develop it more.

Still, it's an entertaining enough time-filler, thanks to the colorful performance by Carillo, better known for his role on TV's "The Cisco Kid" and a spectacular, action-filled final act.

Foster's pretty good at playing bitter SOB's and Dix is a likable actor, as is Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, who plays an ex-whaler/cowboy. They're worth watching too.


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